Fight Night 95 (Brasilia) – What We Learned
Another victory at the hands of Cyborg is nothing new, but Fight Night 95 had more interesting outcomes than you may have known.
Starting from the bottom up, let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways from UFC Brasilia, headlined by the dominating Cris ‘Cyborg’ vs Lina Lansberg.
Redemption and a Bonus for Erick Silva, May Return to Form
Erick Silva has always been one of our favourites due to the simple fact he is rarely in a boring fight and is willing to take consistent blows to his face in order to put on a show.
He’s been a ‘win one, lose one’ fighter since joining the UFC in 2011, recently losing to Nordine Taleb (KO in March) and Neil Magny (Split, Aug. 2015).
Saturday night he got back on the winning side of things, finishing Luan Chagas with a rear-naked choke with just over a minute left in the fight. The win earned him a 50k bonus for ‘Fight of the Night’. This is a big win for Silva, especially in front of a home crowd.
Cyborg Dominates Again, Rogan Calls for a 145 Division
It wasn’t ever very close between Cris ‘Cyborg’ and Lina Lansberg, more so a “How long will she survive?” situation.
Lansberg is tough, and seemed to enjoy herself (see post-fight below) but she is still nowhere in the same league as Cyborg.
With the fight being at 140 lbs., we’ve seen how brutal Cyborg’s weigh cut can be, so the UFC’s own Joe Rogan has suggested a division be built around her, to support his theory that weight classes usually rise to the talent of their champion. Something our own Dave disagrees with on our latest podcast, citing Mighty Mouse’s division, where an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter was created just to find him an opponent.
Nelson Easily Smashes BigFoot, Could Face Punishment
Punishment for KO-ing his good friend Silva? No, but it’s what happened after the second-round knockout that has potentially landed ‘Big Country’ Roy Nelson in hot water.
Upset at having to throw what I call a “brain damage punch” to Silva’s face, Nelson lashed out, kicking referee Big John McCarthy and then giving him the middle finger.
This action, which Nelson described as:
“It’s like a cop beating the (expletive) out of somebody,” Nelson said. “It’s like, dude, enough’s enough. It hurt my feelings.
“I apologized to ‘Big’ John, but I wouldn’t take it back. It just hurt me that I had to keep on hitting a guy that didn’t need to be hit.”
According to this MMA Junkie article, Nelson could face a hearing from Brazilian sports court for his actions.